India: Children’s Homes in South India

With its children’s homes, the Church of South India is systematically advocating better living conditions for boys and girls who need help.

The EMS supports several children’s homes, which are run by the Church of South India (CSI). Some of the children housed in the homes are orphans, others come from broken homes. The CSI institutions offer children a temporary home, school education, medical care, and psychological support. Particular emphasis is placed on the promotion of girls.

Poverty, child labour, lack of education

India is home to almost 350 million children under the age of 15. Roughly 164 million of them are girls. Despite some progress over the past few decades, many Indian children live an existence of hardship and deprivation. They live with their families in the slums around such mega cities as Mumbai and Delhi, or in poor rural regions. And even now, male offspring are preferred to female in Indian society: when a family finds itself in financial difficulty, it is the girls who are not allowed to go to school first. They have to help at home, work in the fields, or break stones in quarries for just a few rupees.


1.32 billion inhabitants, of which 31 million are orphans

Creating new opportunities

Together with the respective CSI diocese, the EMS is responsible for seven homes and two vocational training centres. The main concern of these establishments is to allow their protégés access to a good education and to open opportunities for a successful life. The timetable also includes the teaching of social skills: through daily interaction and spending everyday life together, the girls and boys learn how to assume responsibility for a peaceful cohabitation.

Project goals

Overcoming caste barriers and the advancement of women and girls are the primary objectives of the Church of South India (CSI). The church aims to play an intermediary role in the ethnic and religious diversity within India, and to provide new life perspectives. For this reason, CSI homes accept children and young people from Christian, Hindu and Muslim families. Religious diversity, the security of a home, and an education allow these young people to develop into confident, liberal-minded personalities with a zest for life.


Project work

In India, countless children grow up in abject poverty. Girls continue to be at the greatest disadvantage. The children’s homes run by the Church of South India (CSI) offer children a home. In the seven establishments, they receive a school education, medical care and psychological support. The work is primarily aimed at opening life opportunities for young people until they are able to stand on their own feet and look after themselves.

Project partner

Today, the Church of South India (CSI) is the largest Protestant church in India with almost four million members in 24 church dioceses and 15,000 parishes. It is therefore one of the largest Protestant churches in Asia. The CSI maintains kindergartens, schools, colleges, professional institutes and hospitals. The church's territory covers the large area of the five southernmost Indian federal states of Karanatka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

We are pleased to hear that you are interested in this project. If you have any general questions, please use the contact form below. We are also happy to help you personally if you have any questions or require further information – by phone or by E-mail.


Solomon P. Benjamin

Head of Units India and East Asia

+49 711 636 78 -42

Angelika Jung

Head of Unit Fundraising

+49 711 636 78 -63

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